Some good news as this damned virus puts film and TV productions on hold, has cinemas closed and keeps pushing back release dates.
There hasn’t been much to go on regarding George Miller’s follow-up to his phenomenal 2015 action film Mad Max: Fury Road, but now we may have an estimated production start period and – potentially – its star!
Mentioned in a Variety report about projects being pushed back during this COVID-19 insanity is Furiousa, a spinoff to Fury Road focusing on the badass heroine that was played by Charlize Theron. In keeping with the limitations of the current climate, Miller has been holding auditions for Furiousa via Skype.
Word is that Anya Taylor-Joy, who’s impressed in films such as Split, The Witch and recently Emma, is being eyed to play the lead. Which basically suggests that the film will indeed be a prequel – unless it’s flashback oriented or something. There’s been speculation that the film would be exploring Furiousa’s past around the time she lived in The Green Zone – before she began working for Immortan Joe.
As of now, the project is looking at a production start in 2021. Fingers crossed this pandemic clears enough for things to start moving again.
Apart from a Fury Road follow-up, Miller has also been working on Three Thousand Years of Longing, which has Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton attached to star. The film, according to The Illuminerdi, “will follow a lonely British woman, who has decided to go on a vacation to Istanbul. While there, she accidentally finds a bottle that contains a wish-granting Djinn – giving her the chance to change her life with three wishes.” Three Thousand Years of Longing was to start filming in May this year, although that’s likely being pushed back.
As for Taylor-Joy, her X-Men spinoff film The New Mutants hasn’t had much luck at all. That film was shot around three years ago and has been hit with multiple delays since. It was finally scheduled for release in April this year, but… you know. Also on the horizon for the actress is Edgar Wright’s next film, psychological horror Last Night in Soho.